POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- For the next month, there's a good chance you may come across boxes at dozens of locations around Schuylkill County. It's all being done to help young students.
"When we give a backpack filled with great school supplies, brand-new school supplies, it makes that child feel like they are a part of their community. It makes them start school on a better note. It also frees up money for the parents who are trying to work very hard to give their child everything," said Kelly Malone of the Schuylkill United Way.
For the 17th year, Schuylkill United Way has been running its Stuff the Bus campaign, collecting school supplies for children in Schuylkill County.
"Last year, we stuffed 1,750 backpacks. That's 10 percent of our school population in Schuylkill County," Malone said.
Suggested supplies to donate include notebooks, glue sticks, highlighters, book bags, pencil cases, folders, crayons, pencils and more.
Drop-off boxes can be found inside local businesses, including Pressed Coffee and Books in Pottsville.
"I'm a teacher originally also, so this is near and dear to my heart. I've been in the schools when the kids are actually getting the supplies for these backpacks and it's huge on a very personal level. It really matters to them when they get those backpacks, so we're excited to be a part of it," said owner Abby Weaver.
There are 40 of donation boxes all around Schuylkill County, up from 22 last year.
You can donate at the following locations:
- Ashland Public Library
- Fairlane Village Mall
- Frackville Senior Center
- Gratz Bank in Pottsville, Minersville, Tri-valley
- Hidden River Credit Union
- McDonald's in Frackville and Pottsville
- Mother Bear's Candy in Cressona
- M&T Bank in Pottsville
- Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council
- Orwigsburg Public Library
- Pine Grove Pharmacy
- Pottsville Public Library
- Pressed Coffee and Books
- Riverview Bank
- Schuylkill Haven Public Library
- Schuylkill YMCA
- John's Evangelical Church in Friedensburg
- Tamaqua Public Library
- Tamaqua YMCA
- Walmart in St. Clair and Hometown